Is there such a thing as stretching too much?

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding

Is there such a thing as stretching too much?

This is a discussion on Is there such a thing as stretching too much? within the English Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Equine stretching too much
  • Is there such a thing as too much stretching

LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-01-2009, 01:54 PM
Is there such a thing as stretching too much?

My TB puts his head down and stretches a lot, especially when I'm riding. I know it's a good thing and my trainer told me to reward it, which I do, but he does it constantly. It's usually at the trot and he stretches way down to the ground about every ten seconds or so, and it goes on for the whole ride some days. Should I let him stretch as much as he wants? I can't really do much when his nose is all the way to the ground.
Sponsored Links
    12-01-2009, 01:58 PM
It could turn into him leaning on the reins, leaning on the forehand or evading. He might start to realize you release when he stretches so he does it all the time. Does he do it when your trying to do something with him? Or just when you are plodding along?
    12-01-2009, 02:00 PM
My horse does this too. I don't really know what to do about it. I heard it is supposed to be good, but it gets annoying sometimes when he is doing it so often. Hope someone smarter than me answers. :)
    12-01-2009, 02:00 PM
Hey someone did. Lol.
    12-01-2009, 02:22 PM
Read "Reasons for reaching down" in Horse Training.

There are some tips there.

Get a physiothereapist to check the back
Try a change of bit - go softer if you can.
    12-01-2009, 02:29 PM
Sorry I pressed the wrong key

My horse reaches down too -
It could be
A sore back - feel for soft spots and look for marks
A badly fitting saddle - have it checked by a professional
Tooth ache - when were the teeth last rasped?
The wrong bit - try a lighter one - try a Myler
A badly fitting bit - move it up?
Does the horse salivate?
Holding the reins too rigidly
Holding the reins too loosely so the horse reaches for the bit - ( that's if you ride long and low)

Tips, let somebody else ride the horse and watch. See if they get the same effect.

It will become more and more annoying for you. Try to find an answer,

No it is not normal - there must be a reason. Problem is you have to look for it.

    12-01-2009, 02:34 PM
I agree, sounds like he's trying to relieve some kind of discomfort.
    12-01-2009, 02:45 PM
Most horses I've seen do this are just plain evading you. The rider even teaches them how, with the release of pressure. Stretching is fine, when you ask for it, but otherwise it is not.
    12-01-2009, 03:51 PM
My pony does that.But ONLY when we ride down a certain dirt road.Its her way of rebelling and its really annoying.
    12-01-2009, 06:13 PM
Originally Posted by Beling    
I agree, sounds like he's trying to relieve some kind of discomfort.
That or avoiding hard work...
He may have learnt that by stretching he gets rewarded and can just pull the reins out of your hand and avoid working up into the bridle or other hard work you are asking of him.
He needs to learn he can stretch when you allow or ask him to and not when it suits him.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stretching Your Horse PechosGoldenChance Horse Health 7 11-26-2009 10:48 PM
Bending and stretching myQHpaul Western Riding 8 11-17-2009 09:52 AM
Stretching- good or bad? StormyBlues Horse Health 36 11-16-2009 10:05 PM
Stretching Down? Scoutrider English Riding 0 06-29-2009 10:58 AM
Stretching boots Whipple Horse Tack and Equipment 2 06-21-2009 05:21 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0